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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1124.9-1124.10

George William Curtis additional correspondence


Letters written to the American author George Curtis along with letters from him to his wife Anna Shaw Curtis.


  • 1844-1891

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Collection includes various correspondence on such topics as abolitionists, President Garfield and the Republican Party, the purchasing and publishing of his essays, and suffrage. There are many letters from various correspondents congratulating Curtis for his "Gettysburgh Address," and also requesting copies from Curtis of the address. Letters also discuss a novel Curtis wrote titled Trumps, the death of Theodore Johnson, an article that Curtis wrote which was published in Harpers, and several letters from the Christian Union, which wanted to put his picture on the front page of their publication. Collection also includes newspaper clippings, poetry written by various authors, and a telegraph.

Biographical / Historical

Curtis was an American author, orator, editor, and reformer.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Am 1124.9: Letters to George William Curtis
  2. II. MS Am 1124.10: Letters from George William Curtis to Anna Shaw Curtis

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

49M-199. Gift of The House of Whittemore, Westborough, Mass.; received: 1949 November 29.


Purchased with the Norton fund; received: 1949.

Curtis, George William, 1824-1892. George William Curtis additional correspondence, 1844-1891: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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